David Zwirner is pleased to announce a new presentation of On Kawara's on-going epic work, One Million Years.
For the first time, the reading of the One Million Years will be recorded live, while visitors can view the process of CD production. Built inside the gallery space at 519 West 19th Street is a free standing recording booth, to house both the readers and a sound technician. CDs will be recorded, edited, and packaged on site. Recordings from the exhibition will be produced in limited edition CD boxed-sets.
One Million Years is a monumental 20-volume collection, comprised of One Million Years [Past], created in 1969 and containing the years 998,031 B.C. through 1969 A.D., and One Million Years [Future], created in 1981 and containing the years 1996 A.D. to 1,001,995 A.D. Together these volumes make up 2,000,000 years. The subtitle for One Million Years [Past] is "For all those who have lived and died." The subtitle for One Million Years [Future] is "For the last one." Documenting the passage of chronological time, each leather hardbound volume contains 2,068 photocopied pages. The size of each volume is 12 ¼ x 10 x 3 ¼ inches and weighs 8 lbs. 12 editions of [Past] were produced from 1970 to 1971, and 12 editions of [Future] from 1981 to 1998.